Mobile Home Owner News – January 2023
Resident curated mobile home owners news and information for residents of Mobile Home Parks owned by Kort & Scott (KS) companies. The MHPHOA also provides news coverage for Mobile Home Parks not owned by KS companies.
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RE: Attleboro, Massachusetts / Hometown America
Wed, Jan 25, 2023 –
A group of tenants at the Oakhill mobile home park have received compensation from a $1.26 million class action suit against the park’s owner.
Attleboro lawyer Peter Tekippe, who represented tenants, said Wednesday that all those involved in the lawsuit have received checks of various amounts depending on how much rent they paid.
The 144 tenants and Hometown America Communities Inc., the park’s owner, reached a settlement for $1,264,804 that was finalized by a Housing Court judge.
The lawsuit, filed in 2012, claimed that Hometown America overcharged rent to the tenants from October 2006 through January 2021.
The case went all the way to the state Supreme Judicial Court which ruled in the tenants’ favor in November 2020 and sent the case back to the Housing Court for settlement.
RE: Fresno, California / Shady Lakes Mobile Home Park / Harmony Communities
Tue, Jan 24, 2023 –
Almost four years after suing a Stockton-based investment company, residents of a Fresno County mobile home park have experienced a near-100% increase in rent.
Many of the 60 families at Shady Lakes Mobile Home Park near Chestnut and Lincoln avenues have lived there for well over a decade, drawn by the lower cost of living. But it only took four years under ownership of Shady Lakes LLC and managed by Harmony Communities – both of which are owned by the same person – to undergo the triple-digit increase in rent.
Under terms of the lawsuit, residents would at most compel ownership to better maintain the property they acquired in 2019 as well as get them to undo what they say is retaliation against the lawsuit.
In the deposition process, it came out that the rent increase is part of Harmony Communities’ business practice to bring the property up to market rates, said Thompson. For a resident who was paying $395 a month for a site, they are now paying $690, not including water and trash, which at one time was included in the price to keep a home at the park.
At the time the lawsuit was filed, shortly after Harmony Communities had purchased the property, rent had increased 32%. Before the most recent increase it was at 72% bump. After adding new utility fees that had been parceled out and another increase, in some cases rent had climbed over 100% since 2019.
RE: Santa Rosa, California
Mon, Jan 16, 2023 –
In a December letter, then-chief assistant city attorney Jeff Berk stated that mobile home park residents with rent increases scheduled for Jan. 1 would still be subject to the previous law. That’s because the new ordinance did not go into effect until Jan. 6, 30 days after the City Council’s vote.
That means that hundreds of residents at five of Santa Rosa’s 16 rent controlled mobile home parks – Carriage Court, Coddingtown, Country, Roseland and Wayside Gardens – saw their rent rise by 5.7% instead of the 3.99% increase others will get this year.
RE: Santa Rosa, California
Wed, Dec 7, 2022 –
Santa Rosa mobile home residents will enjoy the strongest rent control protections in Sonoma County starting next year.
At its Tuesday night meeting, the City Council voted 6-0-1 to approve an update to its mobile home rent ordinance further restricting rent increases. Vice Mayor Eddie Alvarez was absent.
Since the last change to the law in 2004, in the 16 of Santa’s Rosa’s 19 mobile home parks with rent control, rent increases were set using 100% of the San Francisco area CPI with a 6% cap. Now, they will be limited to 70% of the CPI with a 4% cap.
The new ordinance will go into effect 30 days after Tuesday’s vote which is Fri, Jan 6, 2023.
Wed, Nov 30, 2022 –
Santa Rosa mobile home park residents will get more peace of mind when it comes to rent increases under a new plan tentatively approved by the City Council late Tuesday.
Currently, 16 of Santa Rosa’s 19 mobile home parks with rent control set yearly increases based on 100% of the CPI with a 6% cap, like most other Sonoma County jurisdictions.
If the new amendment holds, rent increases will be tied to 70% of the CPI with a 4% cap. It would also allow park owners to increase rent by 10% for in-place transfers, which occur when a mobile home is sold to a new buyer.
Sun, Jan 1, 2023 – This table of Mobile Home Parks, RV Parks, and Manufactured Home Communities for Sale in California is a work in progress as of Sunday, January 1, 2023. Data is being updated regularly.
This is a partial listing and covers the sold period 2021-01-01 to 2022-12-31. This is NOT a complete list of mobile home parks for sale in California. Many sales of mobile home parks are usually done via Pocket Listings (aka Off-Market Listings, Exclusive Listings), they are not marketed via public channels.
Sun, Jan 1, 2023 – According to data obtained from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), there are 5,229 Active Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 453,139 lots/spaces in the State of California. Of those 453,139 lots/spaces, 363,447 are mobile home spaces, 66,860 are RV lots with drains and 22,832 are RV lots without drains.
There are 674 Closed Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 21,485 lots/spaces. Of those 21,485 lots/spaces, 11,937 are mobile home spaces, 6,696 are RV lots with drains and 2,852 are RV lots without drains.
As of Sun, Jan 1, 2023, the HCD has data for a total of 5,903 Mobile Home and RV Parks totaling 474,624 lots/spaces which includes Active and Closed listings. Of those 474,624 lots/spaces, 375,384 are mobile home spaces, 73,556 are RV lots with drains and 25,684 RV lots without drains.
HCD Note: HCD has enforcement of 81.4 percent of the parks and 75.5 percent of the lots in the State of California. The overall average park size is 86 lots; 80 for Mobile Home Parks, and 88 for RV Parks.
The below Top 10 Largest Mobile Home and RV Park listings in California are based on the HCD Mobile Home and RV Parks Active Listings as of Sun, Jan 1, 2023.